I am new to the forum and to surfing in Florida, and surfing in general. I was out at towers this week and saw the Bilabong van with many new surfers which was very awesome! The beach I was at was crowded too. A guy came up no less than 20' from where we were in the water and started fishing...
When I lived in Hawaii, I never came across surf fishers so I don't want to jump to conclusions.
What is the etiquette between surfing and fishing?
Mind you, I was only body boarding because I was with my better half, but we had to move way down the beach to get away from this guy.
It's just like any where else, give each other some respect and some room. Sounds like this guy just didn't care who was out there. But, you did say the beach was crowded, so unfortunately this is what you deal with. In DE they have swimming areas and then they have surfing/fishing areas. Anyway, welcome to the mainland and good luck!
I got hooked surfing in croatan one morning. I was the only surfer in sight and he comes up and fishes right on top of me. I guess he was renting the house out front? Still, come on man, give a brother some room. Anyways, I paddle in, STILL HOOKED, and this guy gets all "oh my god are you alright? How did that even happen?"... They ain't the brightest bunch. At least he was apologetic, because my intention was to stab him with his own filet knife when I first paddled in. Go back to Hawaii ASAP. Take me with you.
Edit, oh yeah, that junk hurt. Ripped up the webbing between two of my toes, I swear I'm a slower swimmer now...
This is a great topic. This happens to me frequently during the summer and really pisses me off. Not to long ago I was out surfing a right off the rock jetty and I was the only person in the water. This guy strolls up with all his gear and throws a line out right on top off me. I realize he wanted to fish beside the rocks, but there are like 7 rock jetties here. I just continually gave him a eat s**t look and finally flipped him the bird before paddling off to the next peak. I don't understand how you throw cut bait out where people are swimming, freaking crazy!
Almost nothing makes me angrier than weighted lines with hooks on the end intentionally thrown in my direction. It's a ***** because often there are holes near a good sandbar that a real fisherman will sniff out. But most of the time it's just some asshole looking for confrontation. They find it to the tune of a cut line and beach stand-off if they toss at me or a group I'm surfing near. It's happened a handful of times and thankfully never come to blows. The fisherman always ends up backing down. I learned the hard way not to break the line with my hands. Sliced into my fingers pretty good, but I certainly wasn't going to let that guy reel that hook past me once I grabbed the line! The back of a skeg works well, or teeth if you're quick about it.
I strive for mutual respect though and will address them first if I have the chance to explain why we surf where we do. We usually catch a whole lot more waves than they do fish too...
Ain't that the truth. I have no problems with surf fishing and if you do, please be conscious about those around you. I watched some assclown post up around noon on the Fourth. Needless to say, the beach was packed. He broke out two rods and started going to town on the cigs. About 30 minutes later, a kid was hooked and the guy showed no remorse at all. The kid's mom got right up in his face and the only thing the fisherman could say was "didn't you see me fishing here?" She fired right back with the obvious - "We've been here all morning and you casted out into a crowd of people. What did you think was going to happen?"